In January 2020, the Office of Police Oversight, the Office of Innovation, and the Equity Office released "Joint Report: Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data," which examined the Austin Police Department's motor vehicle stop data from 2015 to 2018. This addendum provides more data analysis on the reasons for motor vehicle stops in 2018.
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Chart 1: The majority of 122,185
stops conducted in 2018 were due
to moving traffic violations
(70.71%), while the least amount
of stops were due to pre-existing
APD to include the specific ‘moving traffic violation’ that occurred and details regarding the ‘violation of
law other than traffic’ category in the Open Data Portal.
APD to include the sector where the stop occurred in their racial profiling citation data similar to how it is
included in the arrest and field observation/warning data in order to analyze geographic trends.
The data demonstrates moving traffic violations make up a majority of the reasons for motor
vehicle stops and stops resulting in arrests. The Office of Police Oversight, the Office of
Innovation, and the Equity Office developed the following recommendations for APD to increase
the transparency of their data:
The Office of Police Oversight, the Office of Innovation, and the Equity Office released the Joint
Report: Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data, which examined APD's motor vehicle stop data from
2015-2018. This addendum provides additional analysis of the reasons for the motor vehicle stops
in 2018. For more information on the sources on data below, see the Racial Profiling Report.
Additional Analysis of APD Racial Profiling Data:
Reasons for 2018 Motor Vehicle Stops
Chart 2: The majority of 11,214
stops that resulted in arrests in
2018 were due to moving traffic
violations (73.06%). Only 3.22%
of motor vehicle stops that
resulted in arrests are attributed
to pre-existing knowledge (i.e.
Chart 3.1-3.3: Black/African
Americans and Hispanic/Latinos are
in all the motor vehicle stop
outcomes, while Whites and Asians